I’ve been thinking of writing this piece for some time. I initially wanted to publish this as part of Mental Health Awareness Week back in May, but it didn’t happen and so it sat dormant in my drafts since then, and until now.
You probably know the facts. 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
We know more than ever about the various mental health conditions and how they affect people and at the same time, there’s still so much to learn. Great campaigns exist like the #endthestigma campaign, and more dialogue is taking place to raise awareness. Mental health issues are not new, but people do seem to be able to talk about them more. Thank goodness and about time.
People are being open, honest and so unbelievably brave. Each time I read or hear about people’s experiences, I continue to be in awe.
In business, whilst we could always do more, this post is not about that. Lots of really positive work is being done and it should be applauded. But if you are reading this and would like to know what more you could do, please email me at email@example.com and i’ll be happy to point you in the direction of some resources/people who could help.
So this blog post is simply to say ‘i’m with you‘.
When you are feeling upset, down and confused and you don’t know why or are unable to articulate why. I’m with you.
When you are petrified about getting back to work after a period of mental-health related absence. I’m with you.
When the people around you have absolutely no idea how difficult it was for you to get out of bed that day, to run a brush through your hair and to get out of the house. I’m with you.
For when you attend that conference and the anxiety about talking to people you don’t know kicks in. I’m with you.
And for when you are feeling like a complete failure, and you could not be any more the complete opposite. You bet, i’m with you.
I’m with you and so are many other people.
Please keep talking, please keep being brave, and please keep the faith.
You are changing the face of mental health by doing so, and probably saving lives too.
I obtained the facts for this blog from ‘Time to change’ who are doing fantastic work to help end the stigma and to end mental health discrimination. Please visit their website www.time-to-change.org.uk. If you are experiencing any mental health issues and want someone to talk to, please remember the Samaritans are always at the end of the phone on 116 123.